Hallowe'en Rift, Mendip Hills

Excursions [and other notes] involved in the exploration of Hallowe'en Rift; a cave, so far, formed within Triassic Dolomitic Conglomerate.

The exploration of Hallowe'en Rift was started in 1982 by Trevor Hughes with other members of the Bristol Exploration Club, then during the early 1990's Vince Simmonds and other, mostly, local diggers were active at a number of locations within the cave, including the start of the present dig with Graham Johnson in December 1991. The current phase of exploration was commenced in 2009, with the majority of the early work being carried out by Vince Simmonds and Alex Gee, now the regular team includes Rob 'Tav' Taviner, Graham 'Jake' Johnson, Nick Hawkes, Matt Tuck, Jonathon Riley, Paul 'Brockers' Brock, Roz Simmonds, Duncan Price and Mike Moxon. There has been occasional help from others including Mike Willett, John 'Tangent' Williams, Pete Bolt, Bob Smith, Callum and Hazel Simmonds, with regular guest appearances by that well-known antipodean, Ray Deasy.

14th August 2018

digging 2018Posted by Vince Simmonds Wed, August 15, 2018 06:47:35

With Roz, Duncan, Tav, Nick, Brockers and Jonathon.

I went with Roz to the new extension of An Unexpected Development to take some photo’s, Duncan, Tav and Jon went to Trick or Treat area to continue with the survey, Brockers and Nick went down the rift to start building a wall and do a bit of digging.

Photo’s done, ended up at the top of the rift where we met Jon emerging from the annex chamber. Nick and Brockers ascended the pitch and before leaving the cave, a loose boulder was removed from a precarious situation and some more loose gravel and cobbles cleared from the head of the pitch.

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